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  • Planning board opts for water, flood reports for Sunset Beach West

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has recommended requiring water and flood reports before a preliminary plat for Sunset Beach West is approved.

    The unanimous vote came at the board's June 4 meeting following nearly two hours of discussion about steps involved for Sammy Varnam's proposed 21-lot residential development on a sandy 25-acre stretch in the conservation reserve district (CR1) between Bird Island and the developed portion of the Sunset Beach island.

  • Towns address McCrory's $2.85B 'Connect NC' bond proposal for state

    At least two Brunswick County towns have delayed commitment on North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s proposed “Connect NC,” a $2.85 billion bond proposal to improve the state’s infrastructure.

    McCrory’s office is seeking support for Connect NC by asking local government leaders to review information and to adopt resolutions supporting it.

  • OIB agrees to roundabout at N.C. 179 intersection

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials made the N.C. 179 roundabout official by agreeing to put $250,000 in town funds into the project.

    Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve moving forward and using town funds, if necessary, to cover the town costs.

    “I’m going to work diligently to raise some of that money,” Mayor Debbie Smith said of searching for grants to cover the $250,000 the board agreed to pay for the project.

    Commissioner D.B. Grantham was the lone board member to vote against the roundabout.

  • Ocean Isle Beach officials approve budget, CIP priorities

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners approved the town’s 2015-16 budget at Tuesday’s June meeting.

    The budget increases the town tax rate to .1875 per $100 valuation for the next fiscal year.

    Ocean Isle Beach’s tax rate for 2014-15 was .155 per $100 valuation.

    The tax increase was the town’s response to the tax revaluation that decreased the town tax base by 7.21 percent or $128,320,613.

  • Leland scraps plans for use of old town hall

    LELAND — Leland officials have scrapped plans to reuse the old town hall, and the buildings may be next.

    The town administration anticipates moving into the new Leland Town Hall by August.

    For the past year, town commissioners have considered repurposing the old town hall.

    At a March 2014 town meeting, the board reviewed possible options once the staff is relocated, which included leasing the building or demolishing it. The estimated demolition cost was $30,000.

  • County unemployment continues fall

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    In April 2014, the county had a 6.9 percent unemployment rate.

    The NCDOC reported the state’s unemployment rate continued a month-to-month fall, reaching 5.2 percent, down from 5.4 in March, 5.7 in February and after a high of 5.9 percent in January.

  • Sea turtles advocates forced to relocate nests after storm causes erosion

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A month after Tropical Storm Ana swept through Brunswick County, local turtle patrols are still feeling the effects of the beach erosion it caused.

    Jim Boyce, island coordinator for Ocean Isle Beach’s Sea Turtle Protection Organization, spoke about the “devastating” effects Ana had on Ocean Isle Beach’s west end and the subsequent impact it had on sea turtles.

  • Planning board opts for water, flood reports for Sunset Beach West

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has recommended requiring water and flood reports before a preliminary plat for Sunset Beach West is approved.

    The unanimous vote came at the board's June 4 meeting following nearly two hours of discussion about steps involved for Sammy Varnam's proposed 21-lot residential development on a sandy 25-acre stretch in the conservation reserve district (CR1) between Bird Island and the developed portion of the Sunset Beach island.

  • Teacher of the Year addresses LGBT bullying issue

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Teacher of the Year Kayce Smith has publicly addressed the school board several times with concerns about bullying in the school system.

    At the June 2 Brunswick County Board of Education meeting, Smith spoke about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a group she feels has been “marginalized” in recent years.

  • School board OKs principal, assistant principal changes

     BOLIVIA — Following closed session at the Brunswick County Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting June 2, board members approved several personnel changes that will change leadership at six schools in the 2015-16 school year.

    Kelly Andrews, principal of Belville Elementary, will transfer to Bolivia Elementary where she will serve in the same capacity, effective July 1.